Halifax Seaport Farmers Market

#3 in Best Things To Do in Halifax
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Key Info

1209 Marginal Rd.

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Shopping, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.3

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The Halifax Seaport Farmers Market was established by royal decree in 1750, a year after the establishment of Halifax itself. Since opening nearly 300 years ago, travelers and locals alike visit the market to purchase a range of goods. On any given day, you'll be able to buy soaps, baked treats, fresh produce, fish, jewelry and more from nearly 100 vendors. Recent visitors praised the variety of wares (both food and craft) sold by dealers and say it is a great place to browse.

The market, located on the waterfront, is about a 5-minute walk from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. It's is free to peruse the market. Hours vary slightly by season, but you can expect to visit the market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The market is open on Mondays in the summer only. For more information, visit the market’s website.

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